Andrea Agnelli, Juventus chairman, says the European Super League (ESL) project cannot proceed. Because Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan joined the six Premier League clubs in retreating.
Agnelli was one of the leading creators of the breakaway plans, which involved 12 clubs from Italy, Spain, and England.
But with 8 of the 12 teams drawing out, he affirms that he cannot now go forward.
Angelli said to be frank and honest; obviously, that isn’t the case if the ESL should still proceed.
He said he remains convinced of the beauty of that project. Moreover of the value that it would have advanced to the pyramid of the creation of est competition in the world. But apparently no, he added, that he doesn’t think the project is still on and running.
Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid on Wednesday affirmed their withdrawal from the ESL.
On Monday, the Juventus chairman was portrayed as a snake and a liar by Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin. It was after the disclosure of breakaway plans on Sunday evening.
From the position of chairman of the European Clubs’ Association, Andrea Angelli resigned on Sunday. Moreover, he refused to take calls from Aleksander Čeferin, a football administrator and lawyer.
Following a furious backlash against the plans, the six Premier League clubs involved withdrew on Tuesday. All the clubs pulled back within hours of each other.
Manchester City was among the first to back off. This was right after Chelsea had nodded their intention to do so by preparing documentation to withdraw.
Later in the evening, the other four English sides, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham, followed suit.
Statement from football clubs and their owners
On Wednesday, in announcing their removal, Atletico Madrid said harmony is necessary amid the club and the fans. It added that the first-team squad and coach Deigo Simeone had backed their decision because of a significant reason. Stating that sporting merits must prevail over any other criteria.
Liverpool owner John W Henry apologised to the club’s fans for the agitation caused by the plans.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the pulling was the right choice for football clubs, fand and the communities across the country.
He also assured a root-and-branch inquiry into football governance. Also, what the government could do to support the roles of fans in that governance.